Friday, February 22, 2013

Do-It-Herself Workshop (and giveaway!)

Hey all! I am so glad it’s Friday!! We had some ice accumulation here last night and I was hoping for a snow day for the kiddo, but we made due with a delay (and sleeping in). ;) I cannot wait for a weekend of relaxing and puttering around!

Last night I was honored to co-lead the Do-It-Herself workshop at a local Home Depot and let me tell you, I was SO impressed with how they put it together! The set up was just adorable – since this month’s project was Pinterest-inspired, they pulled ideas from there to create some fun vignettes.

This was a DIY workshop, and I will get to that more in a minute, but just loved how cute the set up was so I have to brag on them for that first. They pulled out their stock of outdoor furniture for the audience so it was comfy and colorful:

home depot do it herself workshop

Brilliant idea!

The sign-in booth was just so cute – everything was made from pallets and wood they had at the store (hellooo Pinterest!!):

home depot do it herself workshop

Don’t you love the pennants they made from scrapbook paper?

They had super cute bags with goodies for each attendee too:

home depot do it herself worksho

I don’t know if you can see my apron there, but one of the staff members painted mine just for me and it is SO CUTE. She used colors from my blog and it is precious – I love it.

OK, I know I should be talking about the DIY, but the food table was amazing too:

pallet table

More pennants, more pallet tables, and I LOVED the idea of lining the barrels with lawn bags and using them for the beverages. Seriously? So fun!

The workshop leader Janice did a great job of sharing the process of tiling a frame around a mirror. They had smaller ones there for people to try out, but this is a great idea for those basic builder mirrors so many of us have hanging in our bathrooms too.

These were my favorites of the night:

tiling around a mirror

I was obsessed with that smaller one with the small tiles – it had such a pretty beachy vibe.

Janice shared a tip she uses for smaller projects like this that I would never have thought to do. She just puts on gloves and then smooshes the grout in between the tiles with her hands. Loved that – it’s messy no matter how you do it but that makes it even easier!

I think my favorite “tool” of the whole project was the tile setting mat – it’s just sticky stuff you put down instead of mortar. Way less mess and so much easier! (I’m Vanna Whiting it here):

home depot do it herself workshop

I’m planning on using it in the laundry room so I’ll let you know how it works.

The ladies (and some gentleman) got to shop for their own materials as well – they had some beautiful mosaic tiles to pick from:

home depot do it herself workshop

I found a perfect one for the basement bathroom, now I just need to decide where to put it. :)

It was a fun night and we had a great turn out, especially with the weather we had coming in. Hope everyone got home safe and sound!

Thanks to Janice for leading the workshop and Celeste for her help along the way and beautiful ideas for the set up:

home depot do it herself worksho

Don’t forget – the workshops are offered every month on the third Thursday and are free to attend. Next month is how to install dimmers – one of my very favorite things to do in our house. It would be great to see how to do it first hand if you haven’t done one yourself. (Go here to find out more.)

It was an honor to work with everyone from Home Depot this month! To celebrate, they are giving me a $100 HD gift card to give away to one of you!

Here’s how to enter to win $100 to the Home Depot!:

1. Leave a comment here. That was easy. :) What home project would you tackle with the help of this gift card? I can think of a few. Or ten. 

2. If you attended the workshop and tried out this project on your own, pin a picture of yours with the hash tag #DIHWorkshop and then comment here with a link to that. (This giveaway will be open till the 28th so you’ve got time!)

* You can enter one or two times – it’s up to you! All options are not mandatory to win – they’re just extra chances. :)

* Remember if you comment anonymously or you have a private blog, please include your email address in each entry, and spell it out with “at” and “dot” to avoid any spammy emails coming your way.

This giveaway is open to the contiguous US only. It will be close Thursday, February 28, at 9 a.m. EST.

515 comments:

  1. I have dozens of pinterest-inspired projects, but with $100, I'd probably shell out for the lumber to make a big-boy bed for my son.

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  2. Karen says...

    What fun to do the HD Event! Thank you for sharing the gift card! With it I would finally choose some new paint colours and get to paintin'!

    My email: teadrinkinlady at yahoo dot com

    Blessings on you.

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  3. I would totally use it to paint my fireplace wall!

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  4. I would totally use it to paint my fireplace wall!

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  5. Love the tile idea for the mirror!

    phxnicurn(at)cox(dot)net

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  6. I would use the gift card to organize my pantry and play room. We need containers! They add up so fast! artteacher78 at yahoo dot com

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  7. My front bath is in desperate need of new flooring, so this would definitely help out!

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  8. Hi, I just discovered Home Depot free workshops but I'm not sure if they have the do it herself one in my area. We just transformed our kitchen cabinets and it turned out really well. I would like to purchase hardware for them or materials to add a backsplash!

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  9. I would start on my sons bathroom! We just bought our first house! And I love the workshop topic, may attempt it... Carolinagirl1802atgmaildotcom

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  10. Love this project! Looks like a great workshop

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  11. Hello, so glad to have found your incredible blog. I enjoyed this post & had no idea about the do it herself workshops offered by HD. If I were to win the gift card I would tackle painting & replacing light fixtures in my guest bathroom (it's so 80's in there). With my daughter getting married in May there has not been a cent to spare. Anyway, thanks for a chance to win. Love your photos & all you share.
    Crafty best wishes- I just know I will continue to come back!
    Sonia
    http://archiving-angel.blogspot.com

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  12. Oopsies....forgot to leave you my e-mail address just in case I get lucky!
    archivingangel@yahoo.com
    Thanks again!
    All the best!

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  13. I think with a big win I would put it toward re-doing my daughters bathroom....especially because my best friend is coming for a visit in July and she will be using it as well! OY.....there is a lot of work to do! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  14. This looks like SO much fun! I really wish I lived near a Home Depot. One day!!

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  15. I would buy some lumber so my husband could build our family a farm house table. I hope to win!

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  16. I would get some new lighting for my kitchen! :)

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  17. Can't wait to check out a DIH workshop at my local Home Depot! If I had $100 to jump start a project, it would go toward paint and new hardware for my kitchen cabinets!

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  18. My bathroom needs a little TLC!
    Kmg_14 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  19. I would LOVE to put it towards new flooring for my kitchen and/or bathroom. I have carpet in both and I'm so sick of looking at it. :)

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  20. Lighting on the outside of the house! Thanks for the giveaway!

    anreaderatgmaildotcom

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  21. I would use it to paint and build some shelves for my office. Hope I win!

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  22. It's that time of year to start sprucing up the yard, I've got the Spring time itch! So this giftcard would go toward flowers. :o)

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  23. I would definitely put it towards my countertops...now I have ugly pink 90's laminate...ooooh! Thanks for the great blog and giveaway!
    sar-bearmommy at comcast dot net

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  24. Would love to finally start the bathroom redo...

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  25. What a fun idea! I would love to pick up a new light for my entryway. It's currently bare!

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  26. Enter me! I would love to use that money for a tufted headboard, and paint for a bedroom make-over. I've been pinning ideas for over a year now, so it's time for me to commit :)

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  27. We have big plans in the works for our kitchen, including painting cabinets, adding molding, and redoing our countertops... so $100 would definitely help! niki(dot)dick(at)comcast(dot)net

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  28. We could absolutely use $100 towards our nursery!

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  29. My bathroom is sorry and outdated. I'd love to get started on some reno!

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  30. I would use it towards are big bathroom makeover!
    molly.warnock2atgmaildotcom

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  31. Ohh $100 would be so great right now! doing some work in my back yard this spring to get ready for my daughter's first outdoor summer! (last year she was a tiny baby) I want her to have a fun place to hang out this summer and splash around in her mini pool :)

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  32. I would finish up the redo in our kids' bathroom :)

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  33. We just moved and still have a couple of rooms that need paint so we'd probably buy that. Then maybe some corner shelving for above our dining room table.
    teawench at gmail dot com
    Thanks!

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  34. The first (and most important project on my list) would be to DIY some curtain rods for my master bedroom. I have in mind exactly what I want to make. There are 2 single windows in there and both are at odd angles, so DIY is the way to go. Right now I have my curtains up with some tacks (yes, tacks!) pleated in an accordion fashion so that from far away you can hardly tell - except that there is no rod finial extending from either end. But it always seems that the $ in our budget must go towards something else, so a gift card would really help. Thanks for this opportunity, Sarah and Home Depot!

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  35. $100 from Home Depot would be fantastic to do some spring planting! I built new beds last year but have alot of empty spots. Thanks for the chance. awierm2 (at) hallmark (dot) com.

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  36. Wow! I am definitely going to attend the next DIH workshop at my local HD here in Miami. Looks like so much fun! I would use the gift card to start my son's room re-do. Maybe to buy the wood for a new nightstand or bookcase.
    secondchangesgirlblog(at)gmail(dot)com
    Ida

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  38. Multiple projects here with spring coming, but one I would really like to try - putting the mosaic tile on the square planters. Don't know what mortar, etc., to use but I'm going to find out!
    Had to miss this session at my local HD, hopefully I can make the "dimmer" one.
    Thanks for all the tips and hints!
    mimig2002atgmaildotcom

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  39. I would love to tackle crown molding!

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  40. Well, spring cleaning is upon us so, I have alot of organizing to do. Also, I have several bare walls in my home that I'd love to paint!

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  41. Would definitely work on the second bathroom which is totally builder bare....even after years of living there!

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  42. My husband and I are closing on a 113 year old farmhouse on March 8! I am planning a hefty reno, but something fun we are doing is a plywood plank floor in my studio, and would love to use it toward that project. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. Looked like a fun day! I need to do some painting but keep putting it off!

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  44. Many projects going on in our new house....kitchen or bathroom flooring!
    sarabasla at hotmail dot com

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  45. I'm working on a small update to my kitchen, so a $100 gift card would be super handy to have!

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  46. def help to start redo'ing our bathroom. PINK TILE YUK!!!!
    thanks mary
    ladefly@aol dot com

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  47. I would FINALLY
    Finish my kitchen floors!

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  48. I would LOVE to win the card! I would definitely use it to buy some of the paint I need. I'm getting ready to paint my whole main floor!!! Yes you read that right! Every single room (including trim)! Wish me luck!!! jtravis67 (at) att (dot) com

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  49. Would love to get going on the small bathroom. New cabinet, floor & paint. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. I would get plants for my houses front yard, it is new construction and has NOOO landscaping . Ashley at untamedhart07(at)aol(dot)com

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  51. O.M.G. where to start?! If I had been blessed with $100 to Home Depot I would probably buy plants and flowers for our front yard (which needs some serious curb appeal) or I would contribute to my husband's "man cave" fund. We have some gigantic projects like bathroom remodels and new floors throughout (our house was built in the 50's), and $100 could definitely get us on our way to one of those. Love your blog! Thanks for sharing! shelbiesings(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. Yeah, can totally think of 10 things that could use this help. Plus 100 more. SO many things on our list to do. I'm wanting to build a fireplace with builtins. Just need to gather up my energy and make it happen.

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  53. I'd definitely use this to finish redecorating my bedroom. Maybe add some crown molding.

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  54. I want to re do my stair well going to the basement

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  55. I'd start my dream bathroom with the 80's glass-style you hate so much!! Pick me!

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  56. there is no doubt I would do the tile around our builder mirror in our guest bathroom. Such a great idea.

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  57. I would use the $100 to organize my sewing room.

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  58. We are in the midst (seriously, I have a textured wall with no paint and wood stairs unfinished - going on 2 months now) of redoing our upstairs floors and stairs to the basement and this would help out TREMENDOUSLY!

    Melissa M
    redm27(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  59. I'd redo my dining room -its only been re-done once since we moved in 17 years ago!

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  60. I would finally finish the stairs. We pulled the carpet from them and had them refinished but we haven't installed the molding or painted them. Crazy how I could have just spent $300 extra to have the hardwood guy do it but I didn't! Fast forward to 1 year and it is still not done! Lvoe your blog and thanks for the giveaway! -Wendy

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  61. I have a bathroom that needs some updates!

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  62. That looks like A LOT of fun! I'm really interested in using baseboard to frame a large mirror in the bathroom.

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

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  63. I'd like some pennant lights over our bar.

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  64. I would paint my bedroom -it needs it so badly!!

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  65. I've been planning to diy a built-in shelf+daybed for the office room.

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  66. I have a four drawer chest that needs a paint job and some new drawer pulls.

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  67. We're getting ready to re-do our kitchen so this would be awesome for the new faucet, paint, backsplash, knobs, and so much more!!!

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  68. I would paint my kitchen - thank you so much!

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  69. I would love to use this so I could repaint my kitchen cabinets!!
    mommy.2kidsnc(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  70. We are adding on, new living room, master bed and bath. You are a lovely source of inspiration! A gift card would make our tiny home just a bit better for our family. A.

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  71. New paint, new door handles, etc. The list is a continuous one, this gift card would help cross a couple of items off of the list!!

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  72. I need a new front door. I really do!!! I'd love to win this giveaway to help me out :)

    sally.puckett@yahoo.com

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  73. I would love to redo my bedroom closet! it needs some major reorganizing!!

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  74. If I had this HD gift card I would try painting my bedroom furniture. I'll be moving out into a rental (and you can't do much with a rental) but my bedroom furniture is something I have had since I was 11!! My dad stained it a very red/blonde color and I need it to be grown up! Please help me out!

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  75. I would use the gift card to buy the materials to make my daughter a loft bed.

    Emma
    laughter at gmail dot com

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  76. I would tackle a regrouting the bathrooms project that *needs* to be done :) Thanks for the giveaway.
    vnsscarv [!att]gmail [!dott]com

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  77. I've been loving their lighting lately, and could use something in my entry or bedroom. The workshop looked great!

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  78. We need a new faucet for the guest bath since we can't seem to fix the leak in the old one! I guess after 35 years, it needs an update.
    carpoolmch(at)aol(dot)com

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  79. We're tackling several projects (just finished painting the DR and LR)- next on the list is fixing the moisture that's coming in through the walls in our LR- my husband has the drywall cut out and we'll be heading to HD soon to get the rest of the supplies needed!

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  80. I need to attend one of those Home Depot workshops!!! Thanks for the information.

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  81. I would love a chance to spend $100 at Home Depot! We took a family outing there last Sunday so I could look at some shelving options for a new pantry. I'd love a little help getting that project finished. :)

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  82. Spring is coming, so I would use the gift card to spruce up the yard... a new paver pathway, some new hanging plants!

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  83. I would buy a light fixture for our bathroom to replace the one we took down about one year ago! I need my light back!!! ;-)

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  84. I would use the gift card to finish tiling around our fireplace surround. I have used the Easy Mat from Home Depot and it is great! 100 million times easier to apply than tile adhesive and so much cleaner. Love, love, love your blog! Julie
    snubby228 at cox dot net

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  85. I am really wanting to repaint my bedroom and TINY bathroom....cannot decide what colors and not 100% sure I am ready to tackle it....maybe Spring Break week?

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  86. Wow, I wish I could come to one of your workshops! What fun! Thanks, Sarah, for a great blog. It's my absolute favorite.

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  87. There is so much i could do with $100!! Master bedroom would be out first!
    Annikastatyahoodotcom

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  88. Loved the project! I have done this with sea shells as a Girl Scout project. Tiles might be easier but shells are free. Would love to finish my son’s bathroom, the gift card would be a big help. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. mlodomatnovadotedu

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  89. I'd use it to put up the beadboard in the kids room and get new interior doors!

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  90. We'd love to tile our kitchen and bathrooms!

    cruice1atyahoodotcom

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  91. Beautiful mirrors! Looks like it WAS fun!

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  92. I didn't know about these "do-it herself workshops", going to have to check one out! Thanks for sharing! Of course, like you and everyone else I could spend this $100 on about 100 projects but next I'd like to start board & baton in our family room.

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  93. new fence and gate for the backyard for the new baby and his soon to be buddy, new puppy.

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  94. I would use the gift card to by the the Edison light fixtures at Home Depot! Love!

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  95. Oh man, so many projects. We are just finishing up building a home but it is a spec home so there are a lot of little things I want to do to make it ours :)

    shelley.andrews(at)nhcs(dot)com

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  96. I would love to update the master bathroom. Tile is starting to look really bad and needs replacing.
    awgirl
    a2white(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  97. I have so many projects I would love to do, but I think new interior doors tops the list!

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  98. I would build a nightstand for my bedroom!

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  99. I'd love to install new fixtures in my house

    fencingromein at hotmail dot com

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  100. oh there are SO many projects that i would use the gift card for! mostly it would go towards wood floors for our kitchen or remodeling our guest bathroom!

    [bethanydotezellatgmaildotcom]

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  101. I would LOVE to have a $100 gc! First, I would get the proper things to put into my dh's & son's hands to properly fix the holes son made in his walls. Then, I would finally paint the dining room & paint & put hooks on a shelf that somehow ended up on my bedroom wall--unpainted. It really bugs me there & unfinished, too!
    My addy is: amyj (zero, zero) (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  102. Updating our bedroom. It needs some help!
    mpierce0602 at msn dot com

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  103. Susan M.

    I'd like to start a raised bed garden this year and $100 would sure go a long way in making that happen. Thanks for the opportunity!
    smowris and you can find me at yahoo and dot and com.

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  104. I need new shelving to turn the coat closet into a pantry.

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  105. I would definitely use the gift card for adding the "fluffy" stuff to my dining room/kitchen. We have the basics...now we just need the pretties!!

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  106. I just recently purchased a home and I would use the gift card to transform my sons room.

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  107. I would also purchase pair and wood to create ladder bookshelves

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  108. Oh there are so many projects I want to do. I think I would use it for new outdoor lights.

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  109. i would fix some shelves in the garage

    daniellex at gmail dot com

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  110. With this gift card, I would buy some supplies to start working on the basement.

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